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OPC DataHub Now Embeds Data into Email and SMS Text Messages

The OPC DataHub can now automatically send email reports and text message alarms that include the most recent data from any OPC server.

Georgetown, Ontario (May 8, 2007) Cogent Real-Time Systems announces the latest feature of their OPC DataHub software--the ability to insert data from any OPC server into emails and SMS text messages. The OPC DataHub can now automatically create and send end-of-shift reports and status updates based on a timer, or alarms triggered by data change conditions.

[Image of OPC DataHub connecting to email and SMS]

"Most alarm and message servers just send predefined static messages," said Andrew Thomas, president of Cogent. "But with the OPC DataHub, you can embed the actual data values into the message. In fact you can include a whole table of related data values to more clearly describe what's happening in your system.

"Compare a message that says, 'The temperature of Tank 3 is too high!' to this message:

Tank 3 temperature:218.7
That's 3.7 degrees TOO HIGH!
Tank 3 pressure:47.98
Tank 3 coolant temp:185.4
Tank 3 current level: 456.52

"If you had to act on this information, which message would you rather receive?"

The OPC DataHub gives quick, easy, and reliable access to valuable information direct from the factory floor. It is an integrated tool that can present live process data directly on the manager's desk, in a database, spreadsheet, or corporate web page. This new email and text message capability provides even greater access to critical plant data.

A supervisory or on-call engineer can receive text messages on his cell phone as he moves around the plant. A manager can have shift reports and summary data automatically formatted for Excel and emailed to him each morning. Any of these messages can contain embedded point values from OPC servers, ODBC databases and other sources.

Founded in 1995, Cogent Real-Time Systems is the leader in real-time cross-platform data integration between Windows, Linux and QNX. Customers include the Bank of Canada, Cadbury Chocolate and the European Space Agency. Cogent leverages its experience in real-time data communications to provide the next generation of OPC products.

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